NOT GUILTY – DUI
The Defendant was charged with Driving under the Influence of Alcohol in violation of 625 ILCS 5/11-501. In Illinois DUI is a Class A Misdemeanor that is punishable by up to a year in jail and a conviction for this offense will result in a revocation of one’s driving privileges. In this case a Chicago Police officer allegedly observed the Defendant drive in a reckless manner, crash into three parked cars, stumble out of his car, have a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath, slurred speech, blood shot eyes and having admitted to drinking.
The Defendant protested his innocence and claimed that the police officers were putting a case on him because of the attitude he got with them when they arrived on scene. The Defendant hired Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Michael P. Schmiege to represent him and took the case to a jury trial. Mr. Schmiege cross-examined the officer’s who admitted that there were innocent explanations for his slurred speech, blood shot eyes, and erratic driving and that these observations were not necessarily an indication of guilty. The Defendant also testified to his interactions with the officers and the manner in which he rudely reacted to his arrest and to the officers. Mr. Schmiege argued to the jury that the State had not proved their case and that reasonable doubt existed and that they needed to find him not guilty. The jury agreed and found the Defendant NOT GUILTY.
Contact a Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney if you or a loved one has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or any other criminal charges in Chicago or Illinois. Mr. Schmiege offers free consultations and will sit down and speak with you and let you know how he is able to assist you with your criminal defense needs.